How To Draw Manga – Tips And Techniques
This is a great easy to learn from ‘how to draw’ tutorial where artist Paige reveals her tips, techniques and inspiration for drawing manga characters and their different poses.
Paige discusses ways for which you can draw inspiration for your manga characters and their poses and a very good way is to recycle and rework your old sketches or even just reuse them exactly as they are but create a new manga creation. Using the Internet or magazines is a fantastic resource to gather tons of images of models to gather the basic framework of the skeleton which will make it far easier for you to draw from instead of relying solely on your imagination. There are many great books and comics available to you which archive thousands of different poses for manga characters so it may also be prudent to consider these as a resource for your artwork and drawings.
With all this in mind Paige mentions how drawing a rough skeleton using lines for the limbs and circles for the joints and head is the best way to start sketching out your manga characters in their various positions and poses.
With manga drawings you do not necessarily have to follow the rules of gravity so you can have fun with your poses and create some extremely unique and adventurous positions. It is best to start with the basics like the front on pose to begin with before thinking about developing your own manga or anime style as this enables you to become more confident when you start exploring other artists and your style.
Paige developed her style of manga characters through years of trial and error and relied heavily on other manga artists for inspiration and as a direct result has benefited from this by having her own unique and recognisable style of drawing. For example she used one of her favorite manga books ‘Vampire Night’ to draw inspiration from and particularly likes the way the artist draws the eyes and lips of her manga characters. She uses another famous manga artist to draw inspiration from to create her poses of her characters, so it is easy to see by appreciating other artists work how beneficial this can be to create your own style of drawing.
Studying other artists can only be a good thing and further your creativity but using the Internet and glossy magazines to keep up with the current cutesy fashions is another fantastic way to dress your characters giving them a contemporary edge and fresh style of drawing. Pulling clothes from your own wardrobe to draw onto your manga characters is a great visual aid for your designs and with this you could even try turning yourself into a manga creation.
For her characters she likes to draw reference from books like Lolita Punk Clothing as this is the style she likes to dress her manga. So from this manga tutorial you can get some extremely useful tips for creating your own work and who knows, one day you could be in the process of illustrating your own manga comic.